The Ellington Collection for Solo Guitar
The Ellington Collection for Solo Guitar PDF. Twelve of the "Duke's" most memorable compositions arranged in standard notation and tablature. The arrangements are very interesting and well presented. Although it's not a book for beginners, some of the arrangements are well suited for intermediate players who are just starting to learn solo jazz guitar. Others, though, are challenging even for a fairly advanced player. If you find this book too challenging, make sure to stay away from Morgen's book on Gershwin.
Even the simplest of those arrangements are hard. However, playing his arrangements is not impossible!
First, when working on the piece listen to it on the CD alone with reading the notation to link the audio signal with its notation's spelling - do it until you can hear the music just by reading the notes. Second, practice playing the most challenging measure until it sounds very close to what's on the CD: don't jump to practicing the new measure until you are good with the previous one because if they both sound "bad" you may become easily frustrated. Third, if you find it difficult to play chords requiring stretching fretting fingers over "15 frets" you can re-arrange these parts by either skipping some notes in the chord or refingering them into a more comfortable position: it will not sound as nice as original arrangement but will be good enough to walk through the entire piece.
- Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me
- Don't Get Around Much Anymore
- In a Sentimental Mood
- It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
- Mood Indigo
- Satin Doll
- Sophisticated Lady
- Take the "A" Train
Format: PDF + Audio tracks (Mp3). 30 pages